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The Catholic Foundation was established in 1955 by a group of visionary Catholic business and professional leaders in the midst of a period of remarkable growth and prosperity in the Dallas area to ensure that the physical and spiritual needs of those in the community who were less fortunate would never be overlooked.

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Jack Pratt to Receive 2023 Catholic Foundation Award

Jack Pratt

Entrepreneurial mind, servant’s heart and memories of the Great Depression steer philanthropic path for Foundation’s 40th honoree to be celebrated at the February 4, 2023, Catholic Foundation Award Dinner.

Jack E. Pratt, Sr., founder and retired chairman and CEO of Hollywood Casino Corporation and the developer of multiple successful hotels, casinos, commercial and residential buildings and restaurant chains in the U.S., Mexico, South America, Australia and the Caribbean, has been named the 40th Catholic Foundation Award honoree.

Pratt will be recognized on February 4, 2023, during The Catholic Foundation Award Dinner at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, for his Christian example and enormous philanthropic impact made throughout the Dallas area.

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The Catholic Foundation Welcomes Three New Trustees To Board

L to R: Pratt, Bangs, Thompson, Howard, Kramer

Fred Bangs, Mark N. Howard and Dr. Mayra Thompson have been elected to The Catholic Foundation Board of Trustees under the leadership of Board Chair Aileen Pratt, who is serving her second year of a two-year term. The new trustees will serve two, three-year terms ending in 2027.

“We welcome Fred, Mark and Mayra to The Catholic Foundation Board of Trustees. Our board continues to grow in diversity and expertise, and we are thankful for the valuable time and effort our trustees give to The Catholic Foundation. Their strategic leadership will continue to propel the Foundation’s legacy of successfully serving donors and the Catholic community,” said Matt Kramer, president and CEO of The Catholic Foundation.

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August 12, 2022

Annual Report Showcases Togetherness & Strong 2021 Community Impact

Our recently published annual report highlights the commitment of three donors who are making a strong impact on the causes most meaningful to them.
August 8, 2022

Institute For Homiletics Featured in The Dallas Morning News Column

The Institute for Homiletics, a collaborative of the Diocese of Dallas, The Catholic Foundation and University of Dallas, was showcased in an August 7 column by reporter BeLynn Hollers, a member of the newspaper's editorial board. The column discusses the role of the Institute to enhance Catholic preaching and the role of founding executive director, Karla Bellinger.
July 15, 2022

Public Invited to Circle-of-Life Seminar at St. Ann Catholic Parish August 20

“THE CONVERSATION: A Catholic Perspective on Circle-of-Life Issues” continues this August, and you're invited to attend our next information-packed and free seminar on Saturday, August 20th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Ann Catholic Parish in Coppell.

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The vision of The Catholic Foundation is to be the primary philanthropic leader whose trusted stewardship satisfies our donors' intentions while meeting the needs of our Catholic community.